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IMPORTANT DATES   IN THE NEWS                                                                 APRIL 2024
POSTED 4/2/24
     All schools in  New York State that have a Native American name and/or image representing  their schools have been mandated to remove the names and images from their district. Brentwood is in the process of selecting a new name and mascot.  The district is currently in Phase Two of the selection process and has narrowed the potential new names to 6 choices. Anyone who has ever worked in Brentwood is eligible to vote for the new Mascot name. The website for casting a vote is www.bufsd.org/mascot. The deadline for casting a vote is tomorrow, April 3rd.
      ROBS members are asked to add either "ROBS member" or "Brentwood retiree" after their home address when they fill out the online survey form. All votes will be counted and considered toward the final outcome. 

POSTED 4/8//24

      It is with great sadness that we inform you of the untimely passing of our dear friend, G. Paula Moore on April 7, 2024. Paula was former, First Vice President of the Brentwood Board of Education, the beloved mother of Daniel Moore, Lead Grounds Keeper, Kevin Moore, a Social Studies teacher at North Middle School, and grandson Avery Moore, Custodian at Loretta Park. She was a faithful and devoted member of ROBS where she served on the Executive Board. Paula began working for the school district in 1978 as a secretary for Buildings and Grounds, and she retired in 2006 as a human resource officer. She will be missed.
     For Visitation and Services please view Michael J. Grant Funeral Home.
   Condolences may be sent to her husband: Mr. James Moore, 35 Grahn Street, Brentwood, NY 11717
   Please keep Paula's family in your prayers.

POSTED 4/3/24

     Sadly, Milagros (Millie) Kresse passed away on March 31, 2024. Millie was a long time aide in Brentwood and had worked in several buildings throughout her career retiring from the high school. She was a resident of Brentwood for many years, and both her sons John and Michael graduated from Brentwood High School. She will be sadly missed.
     Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 7th 2024 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM and on Monday, April 8th 2024 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at the Fredrick J. Chapey & Sons Funeral Home, Inc. (1225 Montauk Hwy, West Islip, NY 11795). A funeral service will be held on Monday, April 8th 2024 at 1:00 PM at the same location.

POSTED 4/8//24

     Sadly, William (Bill) John passed away peacefully in Hilton Head, S.C. on April 1, 2024. Bill retired from Brentwood North Middle School in 1997 where he taught science. You can read his full obituary here on Newsday's Legacy. May he rest in peace.

POSTED 4/2/24
    On May 24, 2024 RC21 is sponsoring a trip to see Kykuit, the home to 4 generations of the Rockefeller family. This is Hudson Valley’s top cultural attraction. The trip includes bus transportation, tour of the estate and lunch. For further details and to sign up for the trip please view the following flyer.

POSTED 4/26//24

        Michael Joseph Sherin Jr.,81, brother of ROBS member John Sherin, passed away on April 13, 2024. Michael was a life long resident of Huntington, NY, Beloved husband of MaryJean for 59 years. Loving father of Christopher Sherin, Jean Marie Brown (James), Michael Joseph Sherin, III (Stephanie) and their children. Loving brother to John M Sherin (Ellen) and Elizabeth Ann Trapani (Ronald) and their children and grandchildren. Cherished grandfather, great grandfather and loving uncle to many.
     Visitation was Friday April 19th M.A. Connell Funeral Home, 934 New York Ave., Huntington, NY. Funeral Mass was on Saturday at St. Patrick’s Church, Huntington. Interment Huntington Rural Cemetery, Huntington.
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April 9
Executive Board Meeting

April 16
General Meeting

May 24
RC21 Trip to Kykuit
Rockefeller Estate

June 4
Awards Luncheon

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April in History
The History Place April
April 2024 Holidays
Bizarre and Unique Holidays in April
All About April
April in History
Why did we do it?
     What was our purpose in taking on such an open ended “History Project”; for which we evolved a script of questions and got answers from over 150 subjects for two decades?
     We couldn’t answer the question in 1994 when people would ask “What are you going to do with the interviews?” All we could say was that for educational purposes we had to document our record now or lose the chance to preserve so many poignant accounts, funny stories and touching tales told by exemplary educators. We knew these dedicated public servants might shortly, for reasons yet unknown, be leaving Brentwood for good.
     So, we decided to let time sort out the details. We began scheduling appointments. W
e asked questions and listened saving for generations the essence of what it meant to have been an educator or employed, in this large public school system during the second half of the 20th century. Brentwood remains an exemplar to all others; a diverse microcosm of America reflecting 124 districts on Long Island while simultaneously resembling thousands across the U.S. We’ve accomplished something here to be proud of. Whether we were interviewed or not, ours is a claim of service that few professionals in the State of New York or elsewhere have positioned themselves to share in the way we have.
     INITIALLY the practice of sitting with a subject for an hour and giving them a hundred percent focused attention seemed somewhat daunting to a number of friends and colleagues. So much so in fact that many declined our repeated invitations to speak with us as they left careers or retired from full employment. Despite all assurances that we were not about investigative journalism or invading privacy, they deferred. Now, twenty years after we began, some are saying they may be ready. “Better late than never” we say. However, to all among you who were willing to share not only your classroom experiences and personal stories, but precious memories from your lives along with your fondest hopes for the future, we say “Thanks”. Thanks for allowing us to continue the process by paying it forward as we share these interviews with the Brentwood community and countless professionals and researchers near and far. Through an acceptance of ROBS offer of collaboration with Archivist Dr. Geri Solomon and The Long Island Studies Institute at Hofstra University our History Project lives on in academia as well as in the collection of the Brentwood Public Library, thanks to Director, Thomas A. Tarantowicz.
   You can enjoy unlimited visits to www.robsny.org where you can watch and listen to segments from featured Interviews in the ROBS History Project Section on our Announcements Page each month. Return here to listen and learn again and again.

Italia Pirro
April 19, 2004
Elementary Education Teacher

Click on the image above to read Italia Pirro's Biography

    You can also view any of the past interviews by visiting History Project Interview Archives

View May 8, 2015 History Project Celebration Photo Album

View History Project Slide Show on YouTube

ROBS Exit Interviews are aired on Optimum Cable - Altice Public Television
Tuesdays at 2:00 pm
Channel 20.

April 2024 schedule:
April 2 - Ruth Bernhardt
April 9 - Laurie Ashdown
April 16 - Calvin Fornwald
April 23 - Florence Corkery
April 30 - Elmon Kazandjian

Sheila & Letty Sustrin
Children's Books Authors

John M. Sherin
Local /Regional
(Jigsaw Maps)
Geography Manipulatives

Complete Team Building Kits
Teaching Cooperation/ Collaboration
Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

Alida Thorpe
Island Vision Photography, Inc.

Rose Marie Brousseau
Brentwood Rotary Club